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How will President Trump Impact the Housing Market?

                  WHY ARE BONDS FALLING? By Phil Grossfield/Ethos Lending The Fannie Mae 30-year bond is -30bps since yesterday’s close. Generally a lender’s rates/pricing WORSENS when being SOLD OFF. Here are some talking points to use with your borrowers. WHY ARE BONDS FALLING?  THE ASSUMPTIONS & UNCERTAINTY OF…

Safety In The Home – How Does Your Home Compare?

                  Safety in the Home How does your home compare? by Al Rex In my many years of helping home buyers and sellers, I’ve been involved in several hundred property inspections. Surprisingly, there are a common number of exceptions – typically related to safety in the home…

The Big Short – Is There Another Bubble?

                  The Big Short As Home Values Continue to Climb, Is There Another “Bubble” on the Horizon? by Al Rex Since the release of the movie The Big Short, I’ve had more than my fair share of questions from interested home owners, wondering if we run the…

The Millenials: Will They Be Able To Afford A Home?

The Millennials by AL REX, Realtor For many of us, it’s our children. With rising prices, how will they be able to afford a home? We’ve heard of the millennials (ages 18 to 35), a young age group faces many unique challenges as it relates to real estate and homeownership. Of the 66 million millennials…

Most Efficient Way to Search the Web for Real Estate

REAL ESTATE WATCH  by AL REX, CPA & Realtor I often get calls from people asking me to show them a house they found on the internet, only to find that this home really isn’t for sale at all. Sometimes the information is old, the home is already sold, or perhaps went off the market….

Does Solar Increase the Value of My Home?

REAL ESTATE WATCH  by AL REX, CPA & Realtor Yes. Solar does increase the value in the eyes of most buyers, but there are certain parameters to consider and be wary of when pondering the installation of solar in your home. Home Value. I’ve interviewed several lenders, appraisers, solar companies, and home owners. All believe…

How Do Multiple Offers Really Work?

REAL ESTATE WATCH  by AL REX, CPA & Realtor   Multiple offers are not always a trend that we see in San Diego County. But they do tend to occur more often when there is a lower inventory of homes for sale and higher buyer demand, especially if the home is desirable and priced competitively….

A Seller’s Market Again? Are You Sure?

REAL ESTATE WATCH  by AL REX, CPA & Realtor   After seeing prices increase by 19% in 2013, most people in the real estate business felt that 2014 would be more of a normal year, with modest appreciation in home values and a market which had both sellers and buyers on even ground. We all…

Are the San Diego and Carlsbad Real Estate Markets Cooling Off?

REAL ESTATE WATCH  by AL REX, CPA & Realtor   San Diego county average home prices are up at all three levels (below $420k, $420 through $622k, and above $622k) over last year, according to the S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index. Lower tier prices are up 17% over 2013, with mid/upper tiers seeing a 11%…

Remodeling Your Home? Add Value With These Tips!

REAL ESTATE WATCH  by AL REX, CPA & Realtor   Remodeling your home can be fun and exciting. If you’re going to invest the time, consider these areas to add value: Kitchen – New appliances, counter tops and cabinets all add significant value to a home. Stainless steel appliances are still the rage, and quartz counter…